Nell Taylor takes first in Girls on the Run 5K race


    By Mara Koch
    Special to The SUN

    Girls and their families from local Girls on the Run (GOTR) teams traveled to Telluride on Saturday, Nov. 9, for the annual GOTR 5K run.

    Approximately 325 girls from all over the western Colorado region ran in the race. All local participating girls completed the 5K and had a great time doing so.

    Nell Taylor, a fourth-grader from Pagosa Springs Elementary School, finished first in the race, with a time of 29 minutes, 38 seconds. This accomplishment was the result of running twice a week during the 10-week GOTR program and setting her mind to her goal.

    Said coach Jenna Gregory, “I knew Nell was an awesome runner and that she’d be close to the front because of her consistency. In practices, she would find her pace and then never stop!”

    GOTR is a national youth program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

    There are two teams in Pagosa Springs — one for girls in grades three and four, and one for fifth and sixth grade girls. Both teams were represented at the Telluride race.

    The Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program sponsors and coordinates GOTR as part of its youth violence prevention programming.

    The fall 2013 season of GOTR comes to a close with the girls running in the upcoming Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The program will start up again in the fall, with registration beginning the first week of school.